CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Hundreds of people participated in the American Heart Association’s 2019 Cleveland Heart Walk on Mall C earlier this morning.
One of the walking teams was present to support Paisley, who turns two in October. Her mother, Megan Curtis, explained how Paisley overcame surgery to make it to the walk.
“Paisley was born with only half her heart,” she said. “Being told your child is sick is probably the hardest thing to be told.”
Megan says Paisley had her last surgery about a year ago, and is not worried about her daughter’s future. “I’m very confident with Paisley, she’s tough,” she explained.
As an acknowledgement of Paisley’s perseverance, the Heart Walk organizers honored her with the title “Queen of Hearts.” Along with the King of Hearts, the titles are given in recognition to two children each year.
“It’s amazing to know that her surgery and her journey will help other children,” Megan said.
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event for raising funds and raising awareness about heart disease and stroke.
Shelley Weber, Senior Regional Heart Walk Director at American Heart Association, told 19 News why Clevelanders walk.
“We are walking to celebrate strides in heart health and stroke,” Weber said. “Heart disease affects one in three people.”
Opening ceremonies began at 8 a.m., and the walk followed at 10 a.m.
The walk included a one and three-mile path for participants.
The American Heart Association planned to raise over $1 million for the Cleveland Heart Association.